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Wax On…And On…With A Karate Kid Sequel

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The remake of The Karate Kid is getting a sequel. The Jackie Chan-Jaden Smith film raked in so much money at the box office this weekend (over $56 million) that Columbia Pictures has already started planning for a second film. A sequel to a remake – come on Hollywood, seriously? That’s just a diagram for how to be extra unoriginal. We might sound bitter, but that’s just because if there’s anything we love more than the original Karate Kid, it’s the sequel where Mr. Miyagi takes Daniel LaRusso to Okinawa to school him in the way of tea ceremonies and unrequited love, all of which is set to Peter Cetera‘s smash hit “Glory Of Love”. Why mess with perfection?

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Nine Clips That Have Us Thirsty For Eclipse

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It’s a tough life as a Twi-hard; always stopping what you’re doing to drool over the latest stills and watch (let’s be real – on loop) any newly-released clips. We at TheFABlife can relate, so we’ve graciously pooled all nine Summit-released Eclipse clips into one handy post. Put on your bibs Twi-friends, because it’s droolin’ time.

1. “He Doesn’t Own A Shirt”: Taylor Lautner may not take his shirt off for other movie roles, but Jacob needn’t be asked twice. 

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Taylor Lautner Refused To Take Shirt Off For Non-Werewolf Role

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Taylor Lautner doesn’t flash his abs for just anyone. In his new GQ cover story, Taylor explained his stance to the mag over dinner at the Olive Garden (“My father turned me on to it”). “Originally I was supposed to take off my shirt,” he says about his role in the comedy Valentine’s Day. “The script said we were walking into school and Willy takes off his shirt. I said, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. Time out. He’s gonna take off his shirt in the middle of school? No, no, no. The reason I took off my shirt for New Moon is because it’s written in the book that way. And there’s reasons behind it.” Hear that producers? Taylor isn’t a piece of meat! Those abs were in character!

He also needed them to keep the role—producers were seriously considering replacing him for New Moon if he couldn’t buff up. “I’m in the gym,” Lautner recalled, “and I’m doing reps, and I’m reading the books, and I’m studying the character. I’m just saying to myself, ‘I want this role. I love this role. I’m not gonna lose it. And I’m gonna know it better than anybody, and I’m gonna do that extra rep, because I’m gonna be Jacob Black.’” The world thanks you for your determination, Taylor—especially the teenage girl part.

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Jennifer Aniston’s PR Denies Nude Role, But Promises “Aggressive Sexuality”

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Sorry, screencap enthusiasts—Jennifer Aniston won’t be getting nude on screen anytime soon. “There are no plans for her to go fully nude or topless,” her rep told People about Horrible Bosses, her upcoming romp with Colin Farrell, “but the role does require an aggressive sexuality that many folks have not seen from Jennifer on screen before.” Many folks? Interesting word choice there. We thought they might be talking about some obscure, sex-minded film in her past, but even in dramas like The Good Girl and She’s The One she’s relatively drab. Is the rep talking about Derailed? Leprechaun?

“The part is provocative and sexual, but also hysterically funny,” promised the rep, suggesting the role may be more topless Julie Andrews in the ’80s comedy S.O.B. than nude Meg Ryan in the otherwise-forgotten thriller In The Cut. Both precedents were more than a little desperate, but when actress belatedly becomes a sexpot, they’re better off playing it for laughs. Here’s the important question though: will Jennifer’s sexy role infuriate Angelina Jolie and tempt Brad Pitt? We wouldn’t be a gossip blog if we didn’t ask.

See photos below of Jen spending her birthday in a bikini. “Aggressive sexuality”? We think she can handle it.

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FABLife’s DVD Pick Of The Week

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One of those pesky unnamed disasters has turned America into a giant dustbowl. Down these deserted highways a man must walk, and that man is Denzel Washington. For fortitude, he carries with him mankind’s last remaining copies of the Bible and Al Green’s Greatest Hits. (In one of this sci-fi adventure’s nice touches, his MP3 player is recharged by Tom Waits.) When greasy gang overlord Gary Oldman gets wind that Washington is carrying the gospels, the mano a mano stuff is on. Fans of I Am Legend may feel like they’ve been in this post-apocalyptic ‘hood before, but the Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society) revitalize the motions with pulp flair and one of the niftiest shoot-outs in some time.

Extras: Warner Bros. Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack boasts a behind the scenes doc, deleted scenes, an Eli ‘toon and a featurette on the soundtrack.

- By C. Bottomley

Check our exclusive behind-the-scenes DVD bonus clip!

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The A-Team Limps To Paris, Bringing Their Lovers For Support

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You know what must suck for actors? Not being able to run from a flop. Though the A-Team made less than half as much money in its first week as The Karate Kid (four badasses don’t remotely equal one Jaden Smith, apparently), the film still requires some international promotion, explaining the forced grins of Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel and all the other not-likely-to-see-a-sequel actors by the Eiffel Tower in Paris yesterday (the laughing-or-shrieking Bradley even did a modest reprise of his Hollywood premiere shtick, showing up in a jeep instead of a tank).

Whether The A-Team is really an A-Team, Paris is really Paris, meaning the stars didn’t have a hard time getting their loved ones to come along for the trip. Jessica was spotted at dinner with Justin Timberlake, while Bradley’s girlfriend Renee Zellwegger got her jog on nearby. See photos of all the stars in the gallery below.

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Eva Mendes Says Masturbation Scene Was “Soul-Baring”

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While we admire Eva Mendes‘ willingness to pose nude for her “art” (be it a Calvin Klein ad or Training Day), we can’t say we’d use the same terminology she uses her W Magazine cover story. For instance, while her brief masturbation scene with an amorous Joaquin Phoenix in 2007′s We Own The Night was certainly enjoyable, we figured it was more “Mr. Skin mpeg” than “Oscar reel.” But we were wrong! ““I remember calling my acting coach after seeing that first scene and telling her how embarrassed I felt, and she said, ‘It means you bared your soul.’ I was like, ‘Right,’…I’d never felt that before.” Hear that, Kendra Wilkinson? You didn’t bare your hole in that sex tape, you bared your soul. That’s why you’re embarrassed.

Don’t take Eva’s romantic perspective on screencap-bait for naivete, though. “I know I walk a fine line between being a respected actor and being what they call a sex symbol,” she tells the mag.. “It’s a hard one to walk if you want to be known as a real, credible actor. But I’ve never felt objectified. Nothing you see me do is an accident. I might act like it’s an accident, but the opposite is true. I’m incredibly calculated when it comes to my career.” For some reason we don’t feel like complaining about her math.

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Water For Elephants, Oscar For Rob?

When recently asked by fans, Oscar-winner and Water For Elephants co-star Christoph Waltz revved the engines of all Twi-hards with the prospect of an Academy Award for Robert Pattinson (photos). The critically-beloved villain of last year’s Inglourious Basterds said  “the way things are looking, I might have to hand [my Oscar] off to Rob next year!”

An Oscar would certainly bode well for RPattz’s career beyond Edward Cullen, but is Waltz jumping the gun? Or should we place some early bird bets on the 2012 Academy Awards? [Source: HollywoodLife]

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Tom Cruise To Mortify Katie And Suri With Les Grossman Movie

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Get ready for some more Les Grossman! Tom Cruise reprised that unforgettable role from 2008′s Tropic Thunder at the MTV Movie Awards last week, where he randomly had a dance off with Jennifer Lopez. Now Paramount and MTV Films confirm that they are developing a movie around Les Grossman, who is an f-bomb dropping, expletive spewing, super raunchy producer. Cruise will star in and produce the movie, along with his Tropic co-star and director Ben Stiller.

Paramount issued a facetious release saying they have “secured the life rights to Grossman,” who is described as having “recently mentored talents such as Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.” Adam Goodman, Paramount Film Group President added, “Everything I learned in this business, I’ve learned from Les. I started out as his assistant, and from the first day he threw his desk at me when I got his lunch order wrong, I have loved him like a father.”

Not one to be left behind, Stiller released his own statement saying, “Les Grossman’s life story is an inspiring tale of the human class struggle to achieve greatness against all odds. He has assured me he plans to quote ‘F**king kill the sh*t out of this movie and make Citizen f**king Kane look like a piece of crap home movie by the time we are done.’ I am honored to be working with him.”

The Paramount press release also included a “statement” from Grossman. “He” was asked about the screenplay details and replied, “To quote my great friend Kirk Lazarus, `I don’t read the script, the script reads me.”’ Lazarus was a character in Tropic Thunder magnificently portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. As Les might say, this is going to be f**king brilliant!

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Zooey Deschanel And Rashida Jones To Play Lovers In Paul Rudd Movie

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Well here’s a pairing certain to get Funny Or Die dorks excited. The Hollywood Reporter says that Zooey Deschanel and Rashida Jones will play a couple in the upcoming movie My Idiot Brother, concerning a slobby Paul Rudd‘s attempts to avoid living at his uptight mom’s by staying with his ambitious sisters instead (Elizabeth Banks and Emily Mortimer will join Deschanel as his siblings). While Deschanel and Jones have never worked together before, both are popular hipster daughters of behind-the-scenes legends (cinematographer Caleb Deschanel and producer Quincy Jones), both have musical careers and both have spent plenty of time playing girlfriends in bro comedies (Jones even played Rudd’s in I Love You, Man).

While the coupling of Deschanel and Jones should help Brother pass the Bechdel Test, it’s kind of disappointing their scenes will just be background for a more gender-centric You, Me & Dupree. Banks, Deschanel, Jones, Mortimer have all done time in the comedy trenches (and we’re guessing the same will go for whoever plays the mom)—will this movie let them show their skills or just have them gawking at Rudd’s goofiness? We should find out sometime next year.

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